AMD today has announced that they will be making a pair of consumer product presentations in October. The chipmaker, who has been fairly quiet since the spring, will be holding events for both their consumer Ryzen CPU and Radeon GPU product segments. Dubbing the events “A New Journey Begins”, the company will be announcing the first products based on their eagerly anticipated Zen 3 CPU architecture and RDNA 2 GPU architecture.

Leading the charge will be AMD’s CPU division. On October 8th at noon Eastern, the company will be presenting their Zen 3-based Ryzen desktop processors. AMD’s CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, will be among the presenters.

Following that up just under 3 weeks later will be AMD’s Radeon presentation, which again is at noon Eastern. There the company will be showing off its first products based on the company’s forthcoming RDNA 2 GPU architecture. Meanwhile, tipping their hand a bit early on naming, AMD has confirmed that this will be called the Radeon RX 6000 series.

Next Generation Ryzen Desktop Processors – 10/8, 12 p.m. ET

We are incredibly excited to invite you to learn more about the next wave of Ryzen desktop processors with “Zen 3” architecture, taking our PC gaming and content creation leadership to new heights. Dr. Lisa Su and other AMD senior executives will kick-off this new journey for “Zen 3” and AMD Ryzen at 12 p.m. ET, October 8th.

Next Generation Radeon Graphics – 10/28, 12 p.m. ET

Preparing to delight gamers globally with the next horizon of Radeon Graphics, we invite you to learn more about our RDNA 2 architecture, Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards, and our deep collaboration with game developers and ecosystem partners who will help us bring the best of Radeon to gamers. Tune in for the reveal of the future of Radeon PC gaming at 12 p.m. ET, October 28th.

AMD hasn’t disclosed any other details about these events at this time, but over the last several months the manufacturer has shared bits and pieces of information relating to its upcoming chip architectures. Based on AMD’s roadmaps, Ryzen Zen 3 processors will be built on an improved version of TSMC’s 7nm process, most likely TSMC’s N7P process given AMD’s comments clarifying that they aren’t committing to EUV for 7nm. Otherwise, for the moment AMD is remaining tight-lipped on the Zen 3 architecture itself, though given that AMD isn’t going to get the benefits of a full node shrink, we’re expecting Zen 3 to deliver some interesting and meaningful architectural improvements over Zen 2.

Meanwhile on the graphics front, AMD and partners have previously confirmed that RDNA 2 will be a DirectX 12 Ultimate (feature level 12_2) compliant GPU architecture, meaning that AMD will be making significant changes to the graphics side of their GPU designs. The Navi 2x family of GPUs will gain support for ray tracing, variable rate shading, and other features that will put AMD’s new GPUs at parity with the competition, both for consoles and PCs. Meanwhile from a performance standpoint, AMD is aiming for a hefty 50% jump in performance-per-watt, which could potentially eliminate the efficiency gap with NVIDIA. As well, the company has previously promised a high-end "top-of-stack" GPU for 4K gaming, so we're expecting some ambitious performance goals from AMD.

Be sure to check in on October 8th and October 28th for more details on AMD’s next generation of consumer parts!

Source: AMD

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  • Makaveli - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    Except not everyone lives in the Southern Hemisphere......
  • Dribble - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    It tells me the priority is Zen 3 not RDNA 2.
  • Sherlock - Friday, September 11, 2020 - link

    This is why Nvidia has RTX 3060 in the bag - 1060 and 1080p is the most widely GPU/resolution as per steam surveys (agree not the whole universe of gamers) - but no compromise ray-tracing 1080p gaming at $299 would be awesome if Nvidia chooses to launch RTX 3060 at that price - though knowing them would be definitely be priced higher
  • Samus - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    Just build a mid-range gaming PC for a friends kid with him last week out of an Asus B550, a Ryzen 3 3100 and a 5600XT. Total cost of the whole thing (and a nice 75Hz LG FreeSync monitor) was $900.

    I was thoroughly impressed with how well it went together compared to the nightmare of an AMD system I built years ago for someone on a strict budget, an AM3 system with an Athlon 860K. There were like 3 BIOS updates that came out over the course of a year to address stability issues particularly with the 860K - the CPU we happened to use. And it wasn't just the ASUS board, a lot of other OEM's had trouble maintaining stability with that chip...really left a sour taste and reminded me why I'd been strictly Intel since Nehalem.

    Not anymore.
  • Peskarik - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    Can't wait! I got my new case, just waiting for AMD release and then I build a new system. :-)
  • TheJian - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    ROFL. No kidding, I was expecting benchmarks or something tangible data wise. Something big is coming tomorrow...uh, we're announcing something big is coming in october...So wait....WTF? So today you are announcing, um...NOTHING. Right, back to bed, I got up early for what again? I'm not sure I'll be interested on the 8th now.
  • Spunjji - Friday, September 11, 2020 - link

    I'm reminded of the South Park episode with Cartman and the Nintendo Wii...
  • LedHed - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    Dear AMD's Frank Azor,

    This is not the sun, this is barely a sunrise...

    How about some details, even just a tiny bit?
  • HardwareDufus - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    I'm pretty sure I will be building my next system, the last of my working professional career, with these two offerings.. Zen3 / RDNA2... in very early 2021
  • mdriftmeyer - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    Navi 2x series drivers for Linux have been steadily maturing the past 18 months. I guarantee Windows will be further along and nothing like the RDNA launch. TSMC yields are at or over 90%. AMD has a large pre-order that includes PS5/XBox X Zen2/RDNA 2.0 SoCs, never mind the large preorder for Ryzen/EPYC and more.

    We also have the upcoming CDNA 1.0 release Compute Cards yet to be announced.

    AMD isn't dropping any balls. Nvidia had to go first or risk obscurity with both Zen and RDNA 2.0 announced a few weeks apart from each other.

    Intel had to go before them all because they have the least to show and the need for mind share, however short lived, was to stem the bleeding.

    AMD has a huge stead stream of product lines far greater than Nvidia to keep developing and they are hitting their strides. Increases in the R&D budgets are paying off.

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